CRS 204: April
Kihihi, hello there! Babette Vanderweiss here to report on my research curse. I'll try to keep my giggling to a minimum, hee hee!
I chose to do my research on ancient Roman curse tablets! As the name suggests, these tablets originated from the ancient city of Rome. Lots of them have been popping up around Bath. Roman citizens dedicated their tablets to the goddess Sulis Minerva. Ah, but why report on THAT? Hee hee, it gets a bit more interesting, you know! They're called curse tablets because they basically did just that - angry Romans wrote vengeful messages wishing all sorts of harm on their wrongdoers onto stone tablets. For example, lots of of people wished revenge upon bandits or other thieves.
See, here's one of the tablets! They were written on things like lead or pewter or copper. Ehe, not sure why they went to all the trouble of essentially carving out "screw you" onto a stone tablet; seems like a lot of work, hm-hm!
But anyhow, once they had their little messages scrawled out - usually saying things like "I hope you go blind!" or "I hope that jerk goes crazy!" - they'd just toss them into a sacred spring or a river. They dedicated their tablets to Sulis Minerva in the hopes that she, as a righteous punisher of wrongdoing, would wreak retribution upon the unlucky victim! A bit intense form of justice, kihi!
Hee hee, and that concludes my presentation! I hope you all enjoyed!